I’ve been spending time planning this week, thinking about our Sunday Gatherings and Grow Night series for the coming months. I love this time of year, between Christmas and Easter, when the church calendar invites us to remember what God did for us through Jesus‘ birth, life, death, and resurrection, and then after Easter to remember his ascension and subsequent sending of the Spirit at Pentecost. We remember this all year, of course, but this annual rhythm especially reminds us of what God did for us by grace—without our ever seeking it or thinking to ask for it (Eph 2:1-5). The gospel is gift, all the way down! That’s what I’m thinking of as I plan our preaching series on the Lord’s Supper (March-April), and a Grow Night series on The Life of Christ in the Gospels (Tuesday nights in March). What about you? How will you make space to be reminded of what God has done for you in the gospel story? How will you receive this gift, without striving or working for it?

Ngā mihi nui,
Elliot Rice